Manchester police pay £8,000 to woman urged to drop rape claim – The Guardian

‘Greater Manchester police (GMP) have paid out £8,000 to a woman who reported being drugged and raped, only to be pressed into dropping the case without a proper investigation “because nothing will come of it”.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2022

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Police sergeant jailed for 10 years for raping drunk woman – The Independent

Posted March 7th, 2022 in imprisonment, news, police, pregnancy, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A police sergeant has been jailed for 10 years for raping a “paralytic” woman who went on to give birth to his child.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2022

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Greater Manchester Police pays £8,000 damages to rape complainant – BBC News

‘A woman who said “dismissive” police told her “nothing would come” out of reporting being raped after her drink was spiked has received £8,000 damages.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2022

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Woman sentenced to 10 years for killing partner – BBC News

‘Police have thanked the family of stabbing victim Nigel Johnston for their courage after his killer was jailed for 10 years.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2022

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Autumn Ellis: Lawfulness of policies of public bodies and Freedom of Expression under Article 10 ECHR – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 1st, 2022 in freedom of expression, hate crime, human rights, news, police by sally

‘Thirty five years after Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA (Gillick) was decided, the Supreme Court took the opportunity, in R (A) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (A) and R (BF (Eritrea)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department(BF), (previously discussed in this blog here), to restate the boundaries of the test for the lawfulness of policies published by public bodies, and to identify as erroneous cases which had relied on “other principles” (A at [54]). Lords Sales and Burnett, giving the leading judgment in both cases, drew a distinction between policies which can be regarded as “sanctioning” (by statement or omission), and those which are simply capable of “leading” to, unlawful decision-making. They summarised the Gillick test as follows: “Does the policy in question authorise or approve unlawful conduct by those to whom it is directed?” (A at [38]) (referred to here as the “authorisation/ approval test”). Distinct formulations of the lawfulness test relied on in previous cases, which turn on whether a given policy can be regarded as “leading” to an “unacceptable risk” of unlawful decision-making (referred to here as the “unacceptable risk test”), were incorrect to the extent that they constituted a departure from Gillick (A at [75]).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 28th February 2022

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Rape victims ‘systematically failed’ in England and Wales, report finds – The Guardian

‘Rape survivors who report their attackers are being systematically failed by the criminal justice system resulting in an average wait of nearly two years before a trial begins, a damning official report has found.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2022

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Clive Porter: Killer on the run convicted of canal murder – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2022 in imprisonment, murder, news, police, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘A convicted killer who was on the run for 16 years has been found guilty of the murder of a former police officer on a canal towpath.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2022

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CPS head Max Hill severely criticised over record low in rape convictions – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions for England and Wales has been severely criticised by Vera Baird, the victims’ commissioner, for failing to take responsibility for a record-breaking low in rape convictions.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2022

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Government to repeal law allowing police to arrest rough sleepers – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2022 in bills, fines, homelessness, imprisonment, news, police, vagrancy by sally

‘The government has announced it will repeal the Vagrancy Act, which allows police to arrest people for sleeping rough or begging in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2022

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Police review chief says ‘Betamax police’ stuck in the past – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2022 in continuing professional development, crime, crime prevention, news, police, reports by tracey

‘A “crisis of confidence in policing” can only be put right through fundamental reform or risk the end of policing by consent, the head of a review of the police service will warn on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2022

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Guns returned to dozens of domestic abuse suspects, police data shows – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2022 in domestic violence, firearms, news, police by tracey

‘Dozens of gun-owning domestic abuse suspects have had their weapons returned by police over the past three years, the BBC can reveal.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2022

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Breathing life into statistics: stories of racism within the criminal justice system – OUP Blog

‘You don’t need to look far to see how recent events have put the issue of racial inequality in the criminal justice system front and centre. The Black Lives Matter movement has brought the issue of institutional racism to the forefront of the public’s consciousness, kickstarting conversations and spurring communities into action to confront this inequality head on. This shift must be reflected in educational resources, and many textbooks in the field of criminology will be updated with statistics, news clippings, and quotes from prominent figures charged with reform in this area.’

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OUP Blog, 21st February 2022

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SmartWater: The forensic spray helping keep women safe – BBC News

‘The first person in the UK has been convicted and jailed for domestic abuse after being sprayed with SmartWater – a forensic liquid which shows up under ultraviolet light. The technology is being trialled by police forces in the hope of keeping women safe.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2022

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Jimmy Prout murder: Brother welcomes review news – BBC News

‘A review into the brutal death of a vulnerable man who was tortured and murdered six years ago is due to be finished within weeks, a council said.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2022

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Nightingale court tells parents of victim of alleged rape there is no room for them at trial – The Giuardian

Posted February 14th, 2022 in children, courts, families, Ministry of Justice, news, police, rape, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The parents of a schoolgirl who has accused a stranger of rape have been told by police that there is not enough space in a Nightingale court for them to attend the alleged attacker’s trial.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2022

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Failure to remove’ claims: some further developments – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Stagg analyses the latest rulings of relevance to “failure to remove” claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th February 2022

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Raising a criminal case in the civil courts – St John’s Chambers

‘Allegations of criminal behaviour are normally tried in the criminal courts. But where a crime is either not prosecuted, or cannot be proved beyond reasonable doubt, the question may end up being tried in a civil court, even where the allegation is as serious as it could be, such as murder. This may cause difficulties where the evidence relied upon has been obtained by a third party, such as a police force whether in England or abroad, and the claimant is not in a position to give a detailed account of the allegation until that evidence is available.’

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St John's Chambers, 1st February 2022

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Sir Keir Starmer in the clear over office beer – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2022 in coronavirus, news, police, political parties by tracey

‘Durham police have investigated and said no offence was committed when the Labour leader was filmed having a drink indoors in April 2021.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2022

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Woman takes legal action after Met officer who called her ‘hot’ keeps job – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2022 in abuse of position of trust, news, police, professional conduct, women by tracey

‘A woman is taking legal action against the Metropolitan police after a detective who told her she was “amazingly hot” while investigating her attack kept his job.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2022

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Essex concrete mixer death: Father mounts High Court challenge – BBC News

‘The father of a man found dead in a concrete mixer has claimed he may have been “deliberately killed”, the High Court heard.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2022

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